On Friday, I met with 12 church leaders from around the country at NewSpring Church as part of a coaching network hosted by Tony Morgan. Among many other topics, we discussed how important it is to surround yourself with passionate individuals who know when it's appropriate to push back. We found out that Perry Noble thinks it's essential for his partners in ministry to be honest and never be a "yes man" type person.
That got me thinking about Proverbs 27:17; "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." In our ministry work together, we must be honest with one another and not be afraid to say what God puts on your heart, even if it feels uncomfortable or goes against your natural non-confrontational human instincts.
I think we are better for each other if we are iron sharpening iron instead of a polymers smoothing polymers.